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The New Despotism

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A disturbing in-depth expos� of the antidemocratic practices of despotic governments now sweeping the world.

One day they'll be like us. That was once the West's complacent and self-regarding assumption about countries emerging from poverty, imperial rule, or communism. But many have hardened into something very different from liberal democracy: what the eminent political t
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 12th 2020 by Harvard University Press
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Neil H
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this initially thinking it was a belated usage of despotism in contrast with new and figured this will be an interested if not quick read. Despite its austere cover I was smacked with an uncomfortable feeling when Singapore (current citizen) was mentioned. I veered from shifting in my seat to being wide eyed slack jawed as Mr Keane recounted the many ways power has been manipulated and renewed with recombinant strands to purchase the hearts and minds of those in subject. I swore many time ...more
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Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book by an Australian academic. Studies the decline of democracy across the world. Analyses in great detail how a democracy can be very slowly corrupted wittingly or unwittingly until it becomes a despotic state although it may still look and feel like a democracy to most people. Singapore is a good example. Manipulation of the minds of the people is a big part of this. Despotism in most countries will not arrive with jackboots and swastikas - it will be far more subtle than tha ...more
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John Keane is the professor of politics at the University of Sydney and the author of The Life and Death of Democracy.

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